How Can The Weather Affect Your Windows?
Except for the fact that you all know that weather makes your windows dirty, are you aware that weather can affect them in other ways?
Not all windows are created equal…most of them are built to function and exist in different types of environments. The outside of your windows are totally exposed to the elements, from scorching heat to freezing temperatures and everything in between. Keep in mind, any windows compromised by weather become energy inefficient and can cause your utility bills to rise.
How the cold can affect your windows…
Of all the seasons, the cold months of winter have the hardest affect on your windows, and can cause:
- Ice build up in any gaps or openings which leads to damage and difficulty opening and closing them, which leads to jamming. Any openings you find should be sealed up as soon as possible.
- During the winter months, dry air caused by the cold, pulls any moisture out of the wood around your windows and can cause shrinkage. Be sure that wooden window frames are treated and sealed.
- Snow and ice buildup around your window’s hardware can cause it to deteriorate and fail. To help prevent this, regularly clean and lubricate and try to keep the snow and ice removed.
- When it’s warm inside and cold outside, condensation can form on your windows. (It can also occur when it’s warm outside, and due to the air conditioning being set too low, it’s cold inside) Condensation is a sign that you are experiencing too much humidity in your home which can lead to health problems caused by mold and mildew, as well as damage to the wood, plaster and insulation around your windows.
How heat can affect your windows…
With the extreme warm temperatures the Seattle, WA areas is experiencing right now, your windows could feel the effects.
- Untreated wooden frames can bow and become warped when they contain moisture and come into contact with high temperatures. This will cause the windows to fit improperly and lead to drafts, and energy inefficiency. To keep this from happening, performing maintenance to keep the wood sealed is extremely important.
- Older or low-quality windows can crack when temperatures change from cold to hot or hot to cold…if this occurs, they will typically crack beginning at an outer edge and travel towards the center, and the seal will be compromised at the same time.
Be sure when you are buying new, or replacing old windows that you choose windows that suit your climate and avoid unnecessary problems caused by harsh weather.
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